- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2015

An activist lawyer has claimed responsibility for placing stickers that read “exclusively for white people” on several East Austin businesses in a controversial effort to shed light on gentrification.

Adam Reposa, 40, posted an expletive-filled video on YouTube blasting the media for fixating on the offensive language of the stickers instead of looking into the deeper message.

“They’re getting pushed out, and pretty quick. This area of town is turning into whites only,” Mr. Reposa said in the clip. “Not by law like it used to be, and everyone’s going to jump on, ‘That’s racist!’ ‘that’s racist!’ Man, this town, the way [expletive] works is racist! And I knew I could just bait all of y’all into just being as stupid as you are.”

The stickers showed up on the Manor Road storefronts of El Chilito, Sugar Mama’s Bakery, Ingredients Grocery Store and Windmill Bicycles, a local NBC affiliate reported.

The sticker reads: “Exclusively for white people. Maximum of 5 colored customers, colored BOH (Back of House) staff accepted.” The sticker also includes the City of Austin logo and says the message is “sponsored by the City of Austin Contemporary Partition and Restoration Program,” the station reported.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler condemned the stickers in a statement last week, and the city said it would take appropriate action if any other instances occurred, the NBC affiliate reported. Austin police said they are aware of the video and are looking into the matter, the station reported. Mr. Reposa could potentially face vandalism charges.

Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder condemned Mr. Reposa’s actions, saying the issues in the community run much deeper than what he presented.

“It’s repugnant and also alarming, and also indicative of a mentality that doesn’t understand race relations,” Mr. Linder told a local ABC affiliate. “So if you’re trying to help race relations, you just did the worst thing you could possibly do.”

Mr. Reposa said he’s learned to “detach from significance making,” and isn’t worried about offending people or stoking up racial tension.

“I’ve seen nothing but the emotional attachment that human beings place on events in history,” he told the ABC affiliate while at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on his way to a flight. “It’s regrettable and unfortunate and as soon as we can step beyond that precious of mawkish emotionality and just look at the real facts like human beings, is the moment that we have the chance for real progress.”

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